I've been having a lot of problems with Firefox at YouTube lately. I haven't noticed it at other flash sites, but that might be because I visit YouTube more than most other flash sites. Anyway, this is the procedure that usually happens:
I go to a YouTube video (this always happens on the urls for videos, not the main page or any other page), and as soon as I navigate away
from the video, the browser freezes up. The video stops playing, and the window freezes.
This is a strange thing: I then hit the X button (in the darkened Firefox window), which brings up a question box asking if I want to kill the process. I hit yes, and try to reopen firefox. It says that firefox is already running but not responding, so I need to close the other firefox processes. I bring up a command line and type in "ps -e | grep firefox" and it brings up two processes: "firefox" and "firefox-bin." I give the command to kill them both (which I type in as "kill ####," which I say in case I'm typing that in wrong). So I try to open up firefox again and it gives me the same error message saying that firefox is running and I need to close it. I type in "ps -e | grep firefox" again and fine that "firefox" is no longer running, but "firefox-bin" still is. I type in the command "kill ####" again, but no matter how many times I give that command the process is still there.
The only way to fix it is a restart of the entire computer (I also tried logging out then back in, to no avail).
Another bizarre symptom is that unexpected things occur, usually the system tray's icons being reorganized without warning. The logout button, the volume icon, and the time/date are all moved to the left of everything else (whereas I usually keep them on the right, where they are by default unless I'm mistaken). I don't know if that means anything at all, but if it's helpful I thought I'd mention it.
At first I thought I could just grin and bear it or something, but it's happening constantly and getting very frustrating because I visit YouTube quite a bit. What's the differential on a screwy firefox? (I'm watching House, it had to be said
) Is there any way to fix this? Alternatively, might whatever's causing it be fixed in Hardy?
My specs are in my sig, thanks to anyone who can help.